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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Puerto Rico News Digest For March 1, 2016

ZIKA CAN INFECT 1 IN 5 PUERTO RICANS

















From The Washington Post:

"There are 117 confirmed cases of the virus in Puerto Rico, four times the
number at the end of January. The island territory, which has a population
of 3.5 million people, is “by far the most affected area” in the United States,
Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), said Friday...Experts say urgent action is needed before mosquitoes
reach their peak with the start of the rainy season in April. Experts from the
CDC estimate that 700,000 people — about 20 percent of the population —
could be infected across the island by the end of the year..."


STEM CELL BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION


From The San Juan Daily Star:

"The Health Committee of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives is
investigating the viability of establishing stem cell banks through private
and public collaboration in a bill entitled “Anatomical Donation Law.” The
measure would authorize mthe extraction of blood from placentas and umbi-
lical cords of newborns, with the goal of utilizing the mother’s cells for re-
search and for the treatment of more than 70 illnesses, according to Inter
News Service..."


ROSELLO CRITICIZES PDP ON IVA TAX


From Caribbean Business:

"Gubernatorial candidate for the New Progressive Party (NPP) Dr. Ricardo
Rossell√≥ reacted to Gov. Alejandro Garc√≠a Padilla’s State of the Common-
wealth address Monday by stating that “the governor has missed the oppor-
tunity to repent and admit the mistakes of his administration. He should
have taken back his failed public policy. However, he continues lying to
the people and with his stubbornness to continue raising taxes and squee-
zing the poor, hard-working and productive class of our island,” the NPP
leader said after the governor’s message..."


FORUM TO EXPLORE FISCAL LAW FOR PR


From News Is My Business:

"Chile’s former finance minister and an ex-lieutenant governor of New York
will be among five panelists appearing Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to
discuss how a Fiscal Responsibility Law (FRL) might help stabilize Puerto
Rico’s public finances and overhaul the island’s fiscal infrastructure. The fo-
rum, organized by the San Juan-based Center for a New Economy (CNE), is
to take place at the National Press Club..."



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